After finishing the A to Z Challenge every year, they encourage us to do a reflections post. I think it’s a great way for newbies to learn how to make the challenge easier and it will hopefully encourage new people to try the challenge next year! Here’s what I thought about the challenge this year:
What I Learned This Year
- There’s so many other cool blogs that aren’t in your genre
- People are really creative when thinking up themes. Someone posted cross stitch patterns of Supernatural characters every day. How cool is that?!
- This year I tried to pick books that people who don’t read much would also know. It helped a lot with traffic and it gave people something to say.
Advice for Newbies
- Picking a theme makes thinking up new posts 10x easier. I highly recommend it.
- Schedule your posts ahead of time! I’m done writing mine half way through March and it helps a ton.
- Don’t give up! I see a lot of people start the challenge and then give up half way through. This is why scheduling your posts is VERY important. Also pick a theme that you CAN schedule posts for. It’ll be worth it to say you’ve completed the challenge.
- Keep your posts short and sweet. Everyone tries to visit all the blogs if they can but writing a long post makes it so that the whole thing doesn’t get read. We have a lot of post to get through every day so make it easy for everyone.
What I Need to Improve On
Commenting! I tend to visit a lot of blogs but then I forget to leave you all some encouraging comments. I promise I’ll get better for next year guys!!
I think that posting every day is easy. The hardest part is checking out new blogs but it’s something that everyone should be doing! It seems a little unfair for tons of people to visit your blog and see what you’re up to and then you don’t check out any of theirs. It really doesn’t take that much time!
Will I Participate Again Next Year?
Of course! I love doing this challenge! It forced me to think of creative things to post that I might not think of otherwise. I highly recommend this challenge to any blogger out there!
- Titli @ The Little Princess taught us all about India
- Roslyn @ Fangirl Stiches crossed stitched Pokemon and Supernatural characters every day
- The Girls @ The Fandom Studio wrote about tons of books related topics
- Deb @ Pen in Her Hand played a game about famous ghosts
- Pam @ The Unconventional Librarian highlighted some bad girls in literature
I want to say a massive thank you to everyone who visited my blog and posted encouraging comments during the challenge. Every little thing helps!